Technology can make it far easier for you to find the best deals so you can remain frugal. Following are some of my favorite money-saving apps.
Every app listed below is free, and available for both Android and iPhone.
RedLaser allows you to scan a barcode and quickly view the price of a product at other competing merchants, including those who are online. If the product is cheaper online, you can order it directly from within the app.
Unsure about whether you should fuel your tank at the nearest station, or wait until you're further down the road? GasBuddy compares prices at gas stations, so you'll know where to find the cheapest fuel.
Many of us have too many rewards accounts with airlines, hotels and other industries. That leads to trouble tracking the expiration dates of all those accounts.
However, you can link them to AwardWallet, which will send you an alert before your rewards are set to expire. You can then log onto your rewards account and perform some type of earning activity -- like buying something small through the "earn miles" shopping portal -- to keep your rewards active.
Available in most major U.S. cities, Scoutmob showcases half-off deals at restaurants, gyms, clothing boutiques, even doctors and dentists.
But here's what sets Scoutmob apart: Half-off services like Groupon, LivingSocial or Amazon Local require you to purchase the deal promptly. By contrast, you can download a Scoutmob deal without purchasing it. Then, you simply show up at the retailer or restaurant when you are ready and flash them your app to get the deal.
Paula Pant helps people ditch the cubicle and live on their own terms. She's traveled to 30 countries, owns six rental property units and hasn't had an employer since 2008. Her blog, Afford Anything, is the gathering point for a tribe that refuses to say, "I can't afford it." Follow Paula on Twitter: @AffordAnything.